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  • frankmci commented on Ollaris's instructable Make a Copper Wire Pen Without a Lathe 3 weeks ago
    Make a Copper Wire Pen Without a Lathe

    Nice job! One tip: if you anneal the wire before wrapping it, you won't have much trouble with spring-back. To anneal copper, just heat it cherry red and let it cool. It doesn't have to be all at once and there's no need to quench it. It will oxidize from the heating, though, so either some steel wool before wrapping or some good acid flux while soldering will be necessary. Cheers!

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  • Properly Crimping a Copper Welding Lug.

    Nice, simple, clear instructable. What so many naysayers seem to forget is that it's rarely the particular tools you use to do a job that has the most impact on the final results, but the skill with which you wield the tools available. The main advantage of tools like crimpers is that they remove a certain amount (but certainly not all) of the skill needed for good results. I suspect that this method, skillfully applied, is just as good as the "professional" method for the vast majority of applications. Add in a well done solder joint, and you are absolutely golden.

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  • frankmci commented on Withered Perception's instructable Fix Toe Shoe Holes Cheap & Easy2 months ago
    Fix Toe Shoe Holes Cheap & Easy

    I have that problem, too. I use "shoe-goo" shoe repair and it works pretty well. It usually lasts for several months before I have to do it again. It occurs to me that alternating layers of Flex Seal and good quality cloth gaffer's tape would make a very strong, flexible, watertight patch as well.

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  • frankmci commented on vreinkymov's instructable Corrosion Resistant Micro-Bath Heater2 months ago
    Corrosion Resistant Micro-Bath Heater

    You can also do it the old fashioned way by putting the wood in a metal container with a pinhole in it and placing the container in a fire for 10 minutes or so. For such a small piece, you could probably use an altoids tin or an old metal 35mm film can and a blowtourch. https://www.instructables.com/id/Make-Your-Own-Charcoal-at-Home-Video/

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  • frankmci commented on vreinkymov's instructable Digital Caliper Battery Cover Switch2 months ago
    Digital Caliper Battery Cover Switch

    Excellent and elegant. I'll definitely be doing this!

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  • frankmci commented on Marsh's instructable Dowel Making Jig for your Crosscut Sled1 year ago
    Dowel Making Jig for your Crosscut Sled

    It seems like you'd get smoother, more accurate results if the in-feed side hole is larger than the desired out-feed size. Adjust the blade height to exactly line up with the bottom edge of the out-feed hole. Taper the tip a bit to start it and it should feed through nice and smoothly, with very little vibration on the other side since the exiting dowel very closely matches the guide hole. You might even pass it through a block of foam to be sure to dampen any vibration. At least, it works in my head. :) I'll have to give it a try tomorrow. Thanks for sharing!

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